The HPC2 at Mississippi State University supports a coalition of member centres and groups that are focused on multi-disciplinary, team-research activities, and share a common core objective of advancing the state-of-the-art in computational science and engineering using high performance computing. This effort spans a wide range of application disciplines, and several of the member centres have extensive physical and experimental modelling and analysis capabilities to complement their computational efforts.
The HPC2 member centres and institutes include:
"Our mission is to serve the University, State and Nation through excellence in computational science and engineering, and we are pleased to have the resources of a Cray supercomputer to support our efforts", stated Trey Breckenridge, director of high performance computing at Mississippi State. "With the Cray CS300 system and its advanced liquid-cooling architecture, we will provide our vast user community with a cost-effective and energy-efficient high performance computing system that is also a powerful and technologically-advanced tool for scientific research."
The Cray CS300-LC system features an innovative, liquid-cooled design that uses warm water heat exchangers instead of chillers to directly cool the compute processors and memory, allowing for a more efficient removal of system heat. Designed for three times the energy savings per-rack over air-cooled systems, the Cray CS300-LC uses less energy, features a lower total-cost-of-ownership, and gives customers the ability to realize a faster return-on-investment.
"This new cooling technique is revolutionary. The water used to cool the system is the temperature of the outside air, up to 104 degrees, with almost no additional air conditioning required", Trey Breckenridge stated. "There are a few systems doing this in Canada and northern Europe, but as far as I know, we are the first to ever try this in a subtropical environment", he added.
"The HPC2 at Mississippi State University is a diverse coalition of members with a wide array of high performance computing needs and applications, and we are honoured that a Cray CS300-LC cluster supercomputer is the solution they selected to conduct their scientific research", stated Daniel Kim, senior vice president and general manager of cluster solutions at Cray.
Mississippi State University's 322-teraflop Cray CS300-LC cluster supercomputer will include new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors - formerly code named "Ivy Bridge" - and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. The system is expected to be delivered later this year.
The installation is expected to be completed by December. Once operational, Shadow will be 10 times faster than the university's previous fastest system, but consume far less energy, Trey Breckenridge said.
Shadow will be housed at the HPC2 facility in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park adjacent to the MSU campus in Starkville.
The Cray CS300 series of cluster supercomputers are scalable, cluster solutions that group optimized, industry-standard building block server platforms into a unified, fully-integrated system. Available with air or liquid-cooled architectures, Cray CS300 systems provide superior price/performance, energy efficiency and configuration flexibility. The systems are integrated with Cray's HPC software stack and include software tools compatible with most open source and commercial compilers, schedulers, and libraries. Cray CS300 systems also feature the Cray Advanced Cluster Engine, an essential management software suite designed to provide network, server, cluster and storage management capabilities that are necessary to run large, complex technical applications.